Grosses

Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 1 - Sun, Nov. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$27,017,351--3,407--$7,930$27,017,3511Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$20,010,303-38%3,3459$5,982$61,568,6392Paramount
3Last Vegas$16,334,566--3,065--$5,329$16,334,5661CBS Films
4Free Birds$15,805,237--3,736--$4,231$15,805,2371Relativity Media
5Gravity$12,825,346-36%3,024-683$4,241$218,891,3595Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$8,407,725-28%3,021-122$2,783$82,458,2324Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,150,983-34%2,430-681$1,708$106,146,1606Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$3,379,850-57%3,0440$1,110$13,767,3592Fox
9Carrie (2013)$3,263,524-46%2,252-905$1,449$31,836,4123Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$2,271,200-50%1,966-917$1,155$21,590,9463Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$4,792,214125%410287$11,688$8,952,5383Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,086,284-32%662-173$1,641$14,809,9647Fox Searchlight
3About Time$1,076,250--175--$6,150$1,076,2501Universal
4Krrish3$1,049,560--208--$5,046$1,049,5601Eros International
5All Is Lost$569,83811%13048$4,383$1,433,5303Roadside Attractions
6Despicable Me 2$423,3408%309-70$1,370$364,774,32518Universal
7We're the Millers$413,159-29%555-231$744$149,221,40513Warner Bros. / New Line
8Insidious: Chapter 2$408,149-54%553-676$738$82,820,5808FilmDistrict
9Prisoners$401,278-62%465-882$863$59,949,8857Warner Bros.
10Rush (2013)$340,910-51%303-374$1,125$26,491,9197Universal
11Planes$264,0559%289-32$914$89,330,81013Disney
12Baggage Claim$240,627-57%294-300$818$21,224,3906Fox Searchlight
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$209,210-8%251-52$834$67,489,95013Fox
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$193,107-28%312-132$619$115,071,73112Weinstein Company
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$190,199-62%243-215$783$2,057,2863High Top Releasing
16Monsters University$177,890-15%176-31$1,011$268,019,45820Disney
17Don Jon$170,899-66%181-359$944$23,889,4816Relativity Media
18Machete Kills$163,171-47%263-990$620$7,632,8794Open Road
19Grown Ups 2$118,747-15%148-40$802$133,471,45317Sony / Columbia
20Instructions Not Included$109,885-61%136-165$808$44,132,64010Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Runner Runner$102,109-82%237-732$431$19,156,6325Fox
22The Smurfs 2$79,604-24%135-70$590$70,879,07814Sony / Columbia
23The Wolverine$73,449-29%119-45$617$132,357,10915Fox
24Pulling Strings$69,315-74%109-206$636$5,713,5665Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Man of Tai Chi$61,054--110--$555$61,0541RADiUS-TWC
26The Fifth Estate$33,065-94%111-1658$298$3,187,9963Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$260,865--9--$28,985$260,8651Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$224,413124%3733$6,065$381,7692IFC Films
3The Saratov Approach$145,476-7%430$3,383$916,8064Purdie Distribution
4Blue Jasmine$111,675-25%94-25$1,188$32,387,32615Sony Pictures Classics
5Wadjda$94,828-23%84-3$1,129$1,140,3088Sony Pictures Classics
6Diana$67,754--38--$1,783$67,7541eOne Films US
7Kill Your Darlings$67,18560%1911$3,536$219,0803Sony Pictures Classics
8Turbo$60,360-19%69-39$875$82,807,21516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Muscle Shoals$57,828-30%46-10$1,257$440,5966Magnolia Pictures
10Inequality for All$51,987-37%67-30$776$1,052,2166RADiUS-TWC
11The Family (2013)$47,532-46%87-131$546$36,578,9858Relativity Media
12Grace Unplugged$44,751-63%81-127$552$2,451,2525Roadside Attractions
13Hubble 3D$36,0183%13-1$2,771$41,116,600190Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Heat$28,620-27%42-38$681$159,511,44019Fox
15Austenland$25,944-16%35-8$741$2,047,04212Sony Pictures Classics
16Elysium$23,878-33%38-23$628$92,572,08513Sony / TriStar
17Space Station 3D$23,0301%4-1$5,758$89,302,892603IMAX
18In a World...$18,786-18%22-10$854$2,906,17313Roadside Attractions
19Big Sur$16,835--13--$1,295$16,8351Ketchup Entertainment
20Spinning Plates$11,513-44%63$1,919$39,1372The Film Arcade
2120 Feet from Stardom$10,58213%9-3$1,176$4,730,87021RADiUS-TWC
22Romeo and Juliet (2013)$9,991-72%22-69$454$1,107,9074Relativity Media
23The Summit$9,839-60%22-31$447$218,4545IFC Films
24The Way, Way Back$9,636-6%15-8$642$21,490,10718Fox Searchlight
25The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$9,165--1--$9,165$9,1651Zeitgeist Films
26Let the Fire Burn$9,128680%97$1,014$32,7125Zeitgeist Films
27The World's End$8,589-28%16-10$537$25,971,35911Focus
28Born to Be Wild 3D$8,315-1%100$832$23,066,614135Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Seasons of Gray$7,569-35%8-6$946$64,8193EchoLight Studios
30A.C.O.D.$7,424-56%15-4$495$172,3445The Film Arcade
31Running From Crazy$6,822--1--$6,822$6,8221Vitagraph Films
32To the Arctic 3D$6,603-21%9-1$734$13,615,64881Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Deep Sea 3D$5,980-13%41$1,495$45,938,522401Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$5,872-29%5-9$1,174$45,9026Rialto Pictures
35Escape From Tomorrow$5,491-64%7-4$784$164,6924Producers Distribution Agency
36These Birds Walk$5,454--1--$5,454$5,4541Oscilloscope
37Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$5,273-25%10$5,273$17,9162Cinepix
38I Am Divine$5,196--4--$1,299$16,6934The Film Collaborative
39When Comedy Went to School$5,100127%51$1,020$213,34214International Film Circuit
40Parkland$4,886-63%5-15$977$652,3555Exclusive Media
41Short Term 12$4,541-67%8-10$568$962,70211Cinedigm
42Under the Sea 3D$3,90626%4-3$977$33,654,202247Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Prince Avalanche$3,751256%52$750$201,38413Magnolia Pictures
44Good Ol' Freda$3,537-55%7-6$505$128,0999Magnolia Pictures
45God Loves Uganda$3,274--5--$655$22,7204Variance Films
46Bastards (2013)$3,163-29%21$1,582$12,2472IFC Films
47Hannah Arendt$3,125325%21$1,563$714,44223Zeitgeist Films
48The Spectacular Now$2,653-63%18-6$147$6,836,90814A24
49In the Name Of$2,635--1--$2,635$3,5701Film Movement
50After Tiller$2,534--4--$634$59,4007Oscilloscope
51Museum Hours$2,02357%3-1$674$534,46519Cinema Guild
52A Touch of Sin$2,00850%42$502$79,3885Kino Lorber
53Linsanity$1,804-86%4-4$451$259,9325Ketchup Entertainment
54The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,772-41%3-1$591$45,54411Kino Lorber
55Bad Milo!$1,717207%20$859$19,6135Magnolia / Magnet
56Zaytoun$1,697-61%4-2$424$41,2307Strand Releasing
57Mr. Nobody$1,612--4--$403$1,6121Magnolia Pictures
58Mother of George$1,218--4--$305$142,5188Oscilloscope
59Hotel Normandy$1,161--1--$1,161$4,6406Rialto Premieres
60Drinking Buddies$910-44%2-3$455$340,43011Magnolia Pictures
61Hava Nagila (The Movie)$866--1--$866$369,75336International Film Circuit
62Torn$849-90%2-3$425$17,4453The Film Collective
63Broadway Idiot$787295%10$787$26,3114FilmBuff
64The Patience Stone$748-76%4-1$187$143,39812Sony Pictures Classics
65Camille Claudel 1915$696-85%1-1$696$18,2543Kino Lorber
66Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$417-71%1-1$417$4,87112First Run Features
67A Perfect Man$388--2--$194$3881IFC Films
68Before Midnight$350-62%1-2$350$8,114,50724Sony Pictures Classics
69Birth of the Living Dead$346-79%2-8$173$4,8683First Run Features
70I'm So Excited$260-92%1-4$260$1,367,84619Sony Pictures Classics
71The Citizen (2013)$160-10%21$80$24,2969Monterey Media
72I Used to Be Darker$72-97%1-4$72$21,5406Strand Releasing